Sarsfield Guards, Captain O'Hara
, 16 men; Louisiana Grays
, Capt W. C. Deane
, 13 men. Total, 250.
January 10th, the following companies, joking at their confined limits, left on board the towboat Yantic
, the forts below the city being the objective point: Orleans
battalion artillery (two companies), Captains Hebrard
, 57 men; First company Chasseurs-a-pied, Captain St. Paul
, 44 men; Chasseurs d'orleans, Captain Hendolve
, 15 men; the Jaegers (German
), Captain Peter
, 23 men; Lafayette Guards, 27 men. Total, 166; Maj. Paul E. Theard
, Battalion d'artillerie, commanding.
A third expedition, comprising members of that old and picturesque organization, the Continental Guards
, Lieutenant Merriam
commanding, stepped on board the Mobile
mail boat, to stop short at Fort Pike
at the Rigolets.
No defense was offered against these triple movements.
Each was backed by ample force.
At each call, the arsenal at Baton Rouge
, Forts Jackson
, St. Philip
surrendered in turn to the State
troops without a blow.
Transfer of relieving troops was soon called into use The Continental Guards—gentlemen associated with many pleasant functions, present and past—grown weary of Fort Pike
's endless waste of sedge and wave, were soon relieved by Company C, First regiment Louisiana
H. A. Church.
The forts below the city, their assailants also growing tired of the mud and reeds of the Mississippi
, appealed to the regulars.
The first company of the First regiment of infantry, Capt. Chas. N. Bradford
, the newest heroes at Baton Rouge
, returned to the city, on reaching which the command was armed with minie rifles.
Service, necessary but tedious, awaited the company.
Over 100 picked men, they were sent to relieve the troops at the forts below the city.
The events of January 9th and 10th were necessary as proof of sovereignty, but only important as such.
They are drawn here en silhouette.
Beyond doubt the movements